Development Officer

JDC- American Jewish Joint Distribution Commitee | Remote, United States

Posted Date 10/21/2022

As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, JDC has thousands of new major donors and prospects previously unknown to the organization. JDC is seeking a Development Officer (DO) to serve as a front-line fundraiser and coordinator of fundraising activities on behalf of JDC with a focus on new Ukraine donors. The DO is expected to steward current JDC individual and foundation donors, and may also identify, engage and qualify prospects with the goal of furthering JDC's fundraising strategy and long-term growth priorities. The DO takes ownership for soliciting these current donors and prospects at the $5,000 level and above. Additionally, the DO will coordinate select fundraising activities and efforts with a focus on Ukraine crisis donor engagement. This position is based remotely in either California or Oregon; to be eligible, candidates must be in one of these states or willing to move to the area.


This is a great opportunity for early career professionals and corporate professionals looking to build a career in nonprofit and receive hands-on training in fundraising.


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What will you do as a Development Officer?

  • Cultivate, steward, and solicit a select group of new Ukraine crisis major donors to secure renewed and increased giving from this cohort
  • Research, cultivate, steward, and solicit individual, foundation, and corporate donors for new, renewed or increased ($5k-$100k) priority and budget approved gifts, and other related projects
  • Plan and organize speaking events and parlor meetings to achieve these goals
  • Coordinate special projects and donor cultivation assignments
  • Present on JDC’s behalf to funders/prospects and other groups in person and via other technologies
  • Work with the Resource Development team to develop necessary materials
  • Record all major contacts/activities with donors and prospects in the CRM according to JDC procedures
  • Work closely with manager to ensure alignment at all levels, including identification of donors, outreach and solicitation, identifying funding needs, communication and messaging
  • Activity and fundraising metrics to be developed with supervisor
  • Familiarize yourself with JDC’s global mission and work
  • Other related duties as assigned


What qualifications do you need to be our Development Officer?

  • Relevant volunteer or professional experience – e.g. directly relevant such as in fundraising, nonprofit, the Jewish communal space, running Birthright trips; or indirectly relevant using transferrable skills, such as in sales, customer service, events, or community building on campuses – required
  • Dedication to and passion for the work of the JDC and global Jewish issues required
  • Strong public speaking skills, comfort presenting to groups, and the ability to inspire both one on one and with audiences by conveying passion for our mission
  • Strong relational skills, able to effectively network and build long-term relationships with donors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Adaptability and agility, able to work in a fast-paced work environment that responds to global crises
  • Self-motivation, ability to work efficiently on one’s own
  • Basic knowledge of American Jewish culture required; familiarity with Israel and global Jewry a plus
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite required, experience with CRMs (Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics) a plus
  • Comfort with speaking to donors regularly via phone required
  • Prior experience with solicitation for Jewish non-profits a plus
  • Experience working remotely preferred


Additional Details

  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Hours: 35 hours/week, 8:45 AM – 4:45PM PT, with flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed for events
  • Location: Remote from California or Oregon
  • Reports to: Senior Development Officer
  • Job Function/Department: Resource Development
  • Other: Ability to travel domestically and internationally 4-8 times annually required


What are the compensation and benefits for a Development Officer?

This a full-time position paid semi-monthly at a salary of $75,000-$100,000 per year; in determining where a candidate falls in that range JDC considers several factors, including skills and experience, internal equity, and cost of living in location of work. This role is exempt per the FLSA.


We offer an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • 100% paid medical and dental insurance for employee coverage
  • Paid time off, including vacation days, sick and personal days, and Jewish and national holidays
  • Paid parental leave policy
  • 403(b) with JDC contributions of 6.5% of salary
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), commuter benefits, and life insurance
  • Learning & Development: Ongoing opportunities for professional development through workshops and trainings with our internal L&D program
  • Food Perks: Bagel Thursdays and beverages/snacks in the office for on-site and hybrid employees


Why work at JDC?

  • The People – What we hear most from our team members is that they enjoy working with others who share their passion for doing good; Our staff aim to use their skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others
  • A Global Environment – you will have the opportunity to develop a global perspective, working with staff from the U.S., Israel, the Former Soviet Union, and all over the world
  • Tikkun Olam – This Jewish value of “repairing the world” is deeply important to us. Collectively we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others


Vaccination Requirement

We require the individual who fills this role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC definition. We require the individual in this role to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work and to maintain that status. JDC provides reasonable accommodations, and this may be subject to disability and religious exemptions. Contact HR if you need to request an accommodation.


Equal Employment Opportunity

JDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As the world’s leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, we are committed to treating people with compassion and respect. All qualified applications will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


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Application Deadline: 11/6/22

Expected Start Date: December 2022


About JDC

JDC -- the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or "The Joint" -- is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe.


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